Meeting Calendar

Our meetings are held the second Monday of each month. Meetings will be held September through May, at Assumption Church Hall, 27 Adams Street South, Manchester, CT. Park in the lot behind the church and enter through the back parking lot door. Please check individual listings as locations and format may change.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
(Please note location for this meeting.)

Plant Swap
The Manchester Garden Club currently plans to resume in person meetings beginning this fall. The first meeting will be Monday, September 13th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Pavilion at Northwest Park, 448 Tolland Turnpike in Manchester. Members are asked to bring either a perennial plant from their garden, or houseplant to "swap" with another. A brief business meeting will be followed by social time. Visitors are welcome.

OCTOBER 18, 2021
(Meeting will be held at Assumption Church, 27 Adams Street South. Speaker at 7:00 followed by business meeting.)
Ted Johnson: Easy Gardening
Ted Johnson, owner of Wildscape Artisans, a garden design business in Wethersfield, along with his partner Lisa Bunker, will present his program, "Easy Gardening". Ted is a master gardener with an emphasis on creating beautiful gardens with low maintenance while attracting native wildlife. He will address how to experience your garden with all our senses, minimizing the emphasis of lawn or mulch, and the importance of native plants to attract pollinators. Ted believes we are stewards of our land, not managers. He'll also share ideas about garden tools, and display some that he has designed and modified for his practical use on the job. Visit the Wildscape Artisans website for more info.


NOVEMBER 8, 2021
(Meeting will be held at Assumption Church, 27 Adams Street South.)
Scott Clairmont
: Tree Warden for Town of Manchester
In Connecticut, each city and town is required to appoint a tree warden to oversee trees along public roads and in public spaces, other than those on state property, according to the DEEP website. Scott Clairmont currently holds this position in Manchester. He will speak about his background and his chief responsibilities. Scott is also the Field Services Superintendent for the Town of Manchester. He has recently worked with the Manchester Garden Club with the Pollinator Pathway project at Center Springs Park


DECEMBER 13, 2021
(Meeting will be held at Assumption Church, 27 Adams Street South.)
Holiday Workshop
The Manchester Garden Club will gather on Monday evening, December 13th, for a Holiday Workshop. (Enter through the back parking lot door) The club will create small table decorations for residents of one of the Manchester Housing Authority homes, followed by social time. All materials with the exception of live greenery will be provided. Members are asked to bring live plant materials from their gardens to the workshop. Visitors are welcome."


JANUARY 14, 2022
(Meeting may be virtual.)

Donna Katsuranis: Meditation Gardens
Donna a resident of Brookfield, CT is an Advanced Master Gardener as well as an Interfaith Minister. She will integrate both of her interests into a program filled with beautiful photos of meditative gardens she has designed. Her talk will be tailored to all audience levels from novice to seasoned professionals. Donna has a saying, "Let's Grow the Garden of Your Dreams".


FEBRUARY 14, 2022
(Meeting is virtual. Please email to receive the zoom link.

Hannah Reichle: The Emerald Ash Borer - A Threat to New England
Hannah is a lover of the nature and an avid explorer of the outdoors.  She attended the University of Connecticut at Storrs and received a B.S. in Natural Resources, and continues to display her passion for sustainable management while pursuing her master's degree at the University of New Haven. Hannah has prior work experience with the DEEP, commercial greenhouses and community outreach and educational programs. Her hope is to obtain a PhD in human dimensions and study how our actions impact the natural world. Hannah enjoys running, hiking, backpacking, native gardening, and anything friendly with a wagging tail or pointy ears.


MARCH 14, 2022
Lynn Beaulieu: Fabulous Fakes
Lynn is a former member and president of the Manchester Garden Club and began his relationship with gardening and floral arranging at 13. Lynn has had lots of time to practice! Lynn plans to show images of arrangements constructed in his home throughout the seasons. He will show how realistic and versatile silks have become and how they can be used and reused over the years to create lifelike and surprisingly natural decorations for the home. Lynn plans to build two arrangements.


APRIL 11, 2022
Marci Martin: Easy Care Roses for the Home Gardener – Roses 101
Rosarian Marci Martin will present a primer on roses: Selecting varieties, choosing a site, planting techniques, general maintenance, fertilizing, insect control, and pruning. Marci fell in love with roses when she was a little girl, and she has been growing roses for 40 years in four different locations in Connecticut. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Rose Society for about 20 years. An ARS Consulting Rosarian since 2000, and a Master Rosarian since 2010, she was awarded the ARS Outstanding Consulting Rosarian Award, the Honor Medal for the Yankee District, and the ARS Bronze Medal for outstanding service to the CT Rose Society. She also served as Rosarian Curator for the Elizabeth Park Conservancy, America's oldest municipal rose garden.

Marci is currently the Master Consulting Rosarian at Woodland Gardens in Manchester and writes a blog, "Everything Roses" on with many articles and podcasts on rose growing. She is also a Rose Garden Consultant for personal and commercial gardens throughout the state. She recently signed on with Texas A & M University's Rose Rosette Disease as a RRD monitor volunteer for the State of CT.

MAY 9, 2022
Barbara Austin: Wild Edibles
Barbara Austin is a retired Manchester teacher who completed her career as the Environmental Program Director at the Oak Grove Nature Center in town. Her six acre property in Willington is a source for great foraging of wild edibles. Barbara will display her spring discoveries as well as share recipes for teas and dips from the natural bounty. We will learn that wild edibles are not limited to berries and nuts!

JUNE 13, 2022
Workshop & Brief Meeting
Boxed suppers at 6:00 pm, followed by a short business meeting (and introduction of the scholarship recipient), and then the creation of floral arrangements for donation to Manchester Memorial Hospital.



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